GayNews in Italian. So far, more than two dozen countries have enacted national laws allowing gays and lesbians to marry, mostly in Europe and the Americas. Author and journalist Jonathan Rauch has argued that marriage is good for all men, whether homosexual or heterosexual, because engaging in its social roles reduces men's aggression and promiscuity. Retrieved 26 February In Scotland, which is a separate legal jurisdiction, the devolved Scottish Parliament also introduced Civil Partnerships, and performed also a consultation on the issue of same-sex marriage. New South Wales, Australia Retrieved 19 December
In Decemberin the case of Minister of Home Affairs v Fouriethe Constitutional Court of South Africa ruled unanimously that bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional.
Same-sex marriage in Denmark. The law did not grant adoption rights to same-sex couples, however, and it wasn't until -- after four rounds of parliamentary votes -- that a law allowing adoption was passed. However, the new constitution had the unintended consequence of defining the marriage as a union of "both sexes", i.
Jan 1, Insame-sex couples in Norway were granted the right to civil unions.